Veterinarian: Nearly Two-Hundred Degrees Inside Vehicle

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - As temperatures climb into the triple digits in the Reno area, people are being reminded to make sure their pets stay cool.

At On Command Dog Training, Grooming, Boarding and Daycare, dogs play in an inside arena with fans blowing. On Command's owner Barry O'Dea said daycare for dogs is increasingly popular to keep dogs out of the heat. "Doggy daycare is catching on we've been very busy," he said.

He said dogs are also being given summer haircuts. However, he said people should be mindful that dogs are susceptible to sunburn, like humans.

Doctor John Crumley of Baring Boulevard Veterinary Hospital used a laser thermometer to show the temperature inside a vehicle parked in the shade -- one hundred twenty degrees. A vehicle parked in the sun measured at nearly two-hundred degrees.

The concern isn't just heat exhaustion, Crumley said. He said the pavement or rocks can be so hot and animal's paws may get burned. "It can be very painful and cause them problems." He said dogs used to walking on grass might be more at-risk for burns.

Crumley measured a pavement temperature at one-hundred seventy degrees.

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